Help for duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mom-to-many, Sep 22, 2015.

  1. mom-to-many

    mom-to-many New Egg

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    My duck was attacked by something last night. Possibly a racoon. She has 3 puncture wounds, 2 to base of neck. 1 to head. I cleaned them w/ water & betadine. She did drink some water today. The area is swollen. This same thing happened last year & it did get infected. I had to take her to the vet & was on steroids & antibiotics, plus wound irrigation. I am trying to save $ by not taking her. She doesn't seem as ill as last time.
    I have been reading many posts. I have read they can have aspirin, maybe tramadol, & certain abx I can get at feed store. Does any one know for sure what abx I can get or if I can use tramadol?
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    @casportpony has more info on things like Tramadol - I don't know it.

    But I do know that Advil is better than aspirin for pain.

    From hennible's vet:
    For ducks 6-8 lbs 25-40mg twice daily adult tablets cut up or children's liquid Advil 1.5ml twice daily, orally.

    Amiga’s arithmetic – 8 pounds 40 mg is 5 mg per pound
    6 pounds 25 mg, is just over 4 mg per pound

    so, 4 to 5 mg per pound of duck

    Storey's guide suggests clipping feathers away from wounds
    keep away from flies (they lay eggs in wounds)

    I would also consider getting oral antibiotic started - but see what others say - I would not want to wait for systemic infection to set in.

    Definitely rinse the wounds daily - even saline solution can be really good, so can Vetericyn.

    Some vitamins with electrolytes and probiotics to build the duck's system back up.

    You have corrected the security problem, I hope, if that's what it was. I know things happen sometimes in spite of our efforts.

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  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! My vet prescribed tramadol for a *large* Muscovy drake of mine. I think it was 1/2 a 25mg pill twice a day, but not posistive.

    -Kathy
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    @casportpony would Duramycin10 be useful in this case?

    @MomToMany I apologize for missing your question about antibiotics … I think I am on board now.
     
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  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I don't think I would give tramadol unless it was in *severe* pain.

    -Kathy

    Disclaimer: I have no medical training [​IMG]
     
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  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Let me think about that... got to go do some chores, but will post later. Probably no harm in starting Duramycin 10 - 800mg/gallon dose is 1.5 tablespoons per gallon.

    -Kathy
     
  7. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I need to turn in. Hugs, prayers for you both. thanks, Kathy.

    I have subscribed to this thread, so I will check email in the morning for notifications.
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    @mom-to-many , when this happened last year, what antibiotic did that vet prescribe? I ask because I don't think the antibiotics at the feedstore are the type one would use, but not to worry, because one can buy almost all other antibiotics elsewhere without a prescription, though you will have to pay for overnight shipping.

    -Kathy
     

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